I am so thrilled and excited to present our next Transformation! I met Mackenzie almost one year ago in July! She came to Transformation Fitness and Wellness looking for more stamina, to not get winded walking up the stairs, run a 5K, and simply to have more energy. As a result of her hard work, Mackenzie has achieved everything she listed, plus she has lost 23lbs to date! She has more goals ahead and in her words, “This was the best decision of my life!” I hope you enjoy her Transformation Story!
After moving to Indianapolis four years ago, Mackenzie started working out at L.A. Fitness and hired a trainer for a year. She lost a total of 10lbs and decided to stop her membership. After she stopped going to the gym she gained the 10lbs back and unfortunately got to her heaviest point. She knew she needed to find a solution when she found that our studio was located right in her neighborhood. Mackenzie talked with her boyfriend and then made the decision to give us a call. Mackenzie and I sat down in a Free Consultation and we discussed her health and wellness goals.
In talking with her I could tell she needed accountability and someone to push her. She had used a trainer before but said she could easily distract the trainer by talking to them and as a result she would just get an “OK” workout.
As I took Mackenzie through our presentation I helped her better understand our system and how we get people results that last. She liked that we offered a complete package: Nutrition, Resistance Training, Cardiovascular Training, Flexibility, and Accountability, but that the nutrition help was the major selling point. It was not just a half hour work out session and “See you later!”
Mackenzie started in our program and very quickly started making the necessary changes in her life to see the results she wanted. She gained support from the people around as they saw she was sincere about making these changes. When she and her friends went to a popular spot in town to grab dollar burgers and beers, Mackenzie volunteered to be the designated driver to keep herself on track. Mackenzie said, “It is more about being with my friends than the food and beverages.”
Her boyfriend Matt, now fiancé, has supported her efforts as well. When I would see Mackenzie doing cardio in our neighborhood on her off days, Matt would be a few blocks ahead cheering her on. There is such a fine balance needed in a support system, and Matt knew exactly when to give her a push, but also when to give her space.
One of the coolest parts of Mackenzie’s story was when she went home for the holidays to see her family again. Since they hadn’t seen her since before she joined our program, they were all so excited for her! Her grandmother was especially proud of her. Gaining support during the holidays proved to be challenging. She worked with her family to try to make some changes in the family meals, but they still love their happy hours of cheeses and good drinks! Everything in moderation, right! She has an aunt who had a weight loss surgery. She lost some weight, but has started gaining it back because she has not made necessary changes in her eating habits. We find this so many times that of course when you restrict how much you can physically consume you will absolutely lose weight, but if you do not make the changes in your habits you will soon revert back.
As I talked through what Mackenzie has liked the most about our program, she said the support has been phenomenal. When she started to plateau Jamie, her Fitness Professional, coached her to understand she had to continue to make bigger changes to see bigger results. They identified that protein and fiber should become her newest dietary focus. For her workouts, she has been holding herself accountable to completing cardio throughout the week.
Throughout her transformation Mackenzie has stepped her way through the necessary changes in Nutrition, Cardio, and consistency with Strength Training. She is excited every time you see her, so full of energy, and did 34 pushups in her last assessment! She has also recently gone to the outlet mall and had a blast trying on clothes! In addition to all this cool stuff she now keeps up with Matt, her fiancé on their runs!
In closing, we know these changes in Mackenzie are for life. She still enjoys good foods, but knows her limits. Even grocery shopping is different; it is not easy, but she has gotten better at making the choices while in the store to set herself up for success. Also Mackenzie knows that if she does not do cardio she just doesn’t feel right, kind of “cranky”!
She wants to tell anyone out there looking to lose weight you have to, “Keep at it, because it really does get better.” “You can still enjoy the things you like, such as living through Girl Scout season, LOL!” “But you have to get right back on it, find enjoyable cardio and ask lots of questions of your Fitness Professional.” Mackenzie would come with 8 questions for her Fitness Professional and go through those questions during her session.
If you have been looking to lose weight we encourage you to take the first step just like Mackenzie did and give us a call. We will set you up in a Free Consultation and make sure this is a good fit for you personally. We are here for you and great job Mackenzie, you are a true inspiration!